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Family Computing Magazine

Family Computing was a 1980s U.S. computer magazine published by Scholastic, Inc.. It covered all the major home computer platforms of the day including the Apple II series, Commodore Vic 20 and 64, Atari 8-bit family as well as the IBM PC and Apple Macintosh. It printed a mixture of product reviews, how-to articles and type-in programs. The magazine also featured a teen-oriented insert called K-Power, written by Stuyvesant High School students called the Special-K's. The section was named after a former sister magazine which folded after a short run. The magazine was notable in the early days for the wide variety of systems it supported with type in programs, including such "orphaned" systems as the Coleco Adam and TI 99/4A long after other magazines discontinued coverage. There was also a spinoff TV show on Lifetime hosted by Larry Sturholm.

Another section of the magazine was contributed by Joey Latimer and dealt with music related themes. This mostly amounted to BASIC program listings that would play some sort of tune on the computer platforms covered by the magazine.

After the North American video game crash of 1983 the magazine began to change its focus toward the burgeoning home office movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s, initiating coverage of non-computing products such as fax machines and office furniture. Article topics began to include ideas for starting a home business and time management tips. The title was changed, first to Family & Home Office Computing and finally to just Home Office Computing with ever-diminishing coverage of home computing topics.


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software 63
program 62
print 59
ibm 58
disk drive 51
family computing 51
data 48
apple 46
word processor 46
disk 43
programs 38
commodore 32
color 27
word processing 21
data base 15
gosub 14
computing 13
call clear 11
free catalog 11
replaced free 11
personal computer 10
graphics 9
public domain 9
atari 8
color monitor 8
data data 8
defective disks 8
disks replaced 8
radio shack 8
computer center 7
dow jones 7
educational software 7
leading edge 7
hard disk 6
print print 6
amazing things 5
color computer 5
desktop publishing 5
poke 5
print shop 5
printer 5
sale price 5
computers 4
error goto 4
goto 4
hard drive 4
sargon iii 4
software city 4
apple lie 3
arc 3
bank street 3
data bases 3
disk drives 3
electronic arts 3
high school 3
ibm pcjr 3
low sale 3
money order 3
office computing 3
small business 3
version planned 3
business 2
cbs software 2
change lines 2
cls 2
color graphics 2
computer factory 2
computer learning 2
computer store 2
fax machine 2
input 2
laser printer 2
learning month 2
light pen 2
micro channel 2
operating system 2
print tab 2
suggested retail 2
tandy 2
timex sinclair 2
toll free 2
trivia fever 2
word search 2
address book 1
adventure games 1
air conditioner 1
airplane message 1
america cooks 1
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art gallery 1
autumn programs 1
base version 1
baud optional 1
beginner programs 1
big blue 1
bonus 1
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bookstore 1
broderhund software 1
bumble bee 1
cell 1
center 1
central computer 1
central processing 1
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christmas medley 1
code 1
color display 1
color printers 1
command 1
communications software 1
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composite color 1
computer camp 1
computer camps 1
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computer crowd 1
computer games 1
computer language 1
computer literacy 1
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direct access 1
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electric pulses 1
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exc 1
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game stats 1
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general computer 1
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hard drives 1
heart upside 1
inflation rate 1
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instructions 1
interest rate 1
internal modem 1
key demo 1
keyboard optional 1
large computer 1
laser 1
laser printers 1
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loan proposal 1
logo 1
magnetic 1
magnetic disk 1
mail order 1
math 1
memory space 1
message box 1
micro phonebook 1
minus cell 1
missing lapis 1
modem 1
mono mono 1
monochrome monitor 1
movie maker 1
muppet learning 1
music software 1
ocr software 1
office supply 1
omit lines 1
online shopping 1
paint programs 1
personal copiers 1
personal newsletter 1
portable iii 1
power supply 1
practical joke 1
press return 1
program featuring 1
program store 1
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